Visiting Teaching Message Printable
I love visiting teaching and have a super strong testimony of the way it can bless people. Growing up my mom did her visiting teaching every month and I attended a ward that had a crazy high activity rate and a high visiting teaching percentage (I don’t think that was a coincidence). It really taught me the power behind the program.
Visiting teaching is a program within the Relief Society, a sisterhood of women established by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1842 and one of the oldest women’s organizations in the country. Visiting teaching is a kind of stewardship where we visit and look after each other on a regular basis. It is also a great way to build friendships among women who you might not get to know normally. We have a habit of surrounding ourselves with people who are like us. Visiting teaching encourages us to reach outside our comfort zones and to enrich our lives by getting to know people from all different walks of life.
And as much as we might be tempted to think we don’t need anybody to look after us, there have been many times I have been saved by a visiting teacher when there has been nobody else around to help.
I remember when I was first married I was suffering from terrible headaches. At the time I didn’t know that they were migraines and so I didn’t have any of the prescriptions needed to treat them. One day my migraine was so bad that I could hardly function. It had been ongoing for about three days and I was at my wits’ end. I was scared and I needed to go to the doctor. But my husband had just gotten a new job and he couldn’t take any time off to take me without putting his job at risk. I was far from family, new to the area, and there was nobody to help me. I was desperate. That was when I remembered the sister in my ward who I visit taught. Granted I was her visiting teacher, but I knew that I could reach out to her and she would help me if she could. I had only meet her once, but she was a lifeline to me. It feels good to belong to a sisterhood. And it made me so glad that I had done my visiting teaching or I would have not known anybody!
So I gave her a call and she dropped everything to drive me to the doctor. She hardly knew me, but she looked after me. I remember that drive because I was so nauseous that she had to pull over multiple times because I thought I was going to throw up. The poor lady! Once I was at the doctor’s they gave me a shot of pain medication and she drove me back home, thoroughly drugged up.
I have never forgotten her service and since then I have promised never to miss a visit. You never know who is going to be alone and will need to know that they can count on you. But even with my best intentions, sometimes the month doesn’t go as planned. So when the end of last month hit and I still hadn’t made my visits, I made up this cute little visiting teaching printable.
That week we picked a bunch of fresh oranges at my parents’ house. But this would also be cute to use with those gummy orange slices or orange soda. So if it is the end of the month and you still haven’t gone visiting teaching, consider this your “get-out-of-jail-free” card! 😉